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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Imagine capturing your wild vacation adventures on camera, and then losing it down a waterfall. That's what happened to a pair of military brothers eight months ago. They assumed the camera was gone for good, until a San Diego family came across it.

The recorded memories of a pre-deployment trip for two brothers disappeared in a matter of seconds.

Ben and Randy Walker, in the Army and Air Force respectively, were visiting Havasupai Falls in Arizona last spring, right before Randy deployed to Afghanistan. The two recorded their adventure using a GoPro camera.

In an attempt to capture a cool waterfall shot, the self-proclaimed risk takers decided to get creative.

"So, we just thought well, maybe we'll just throw it off the side and get a good shot of the camera going down the waterfall," Ben Walker said.

Randy was waiting at the bottom to catch the GoPro, but the gushing water was too much for him to handle.

"And that's when it got washed down the stream," Ben said.

Fast forward 8 months later. Descanso resident Allen Walker was with his family and friends near the same area.

"About a quarter mile before the waterfall, my son David noticed this crusted over camera," Allen said.

Unable to open it, Allen used vinegar and a screwdriver.

"Once we got the hinge free, opened it up, there was the camera in perfect shape," Allen said.

The memory card was also intact. It not only displayed images from the trip, but a very important clue.

"Down here in the corner, you'll see a backpack with the US Air Force logo on it and it says, 'Randy Walker,'" Allen said.

That name led to a Facebook search and later connected two families who have never met, yet coincidentally share the same last name and a passion for exploration.

"there's great footage on the camera. I just had to get these guys reunited with that video," Allen said.

"Like I was completely shocked because I thought it was in the Pacific Ocean by now," Ben said.

News 8 Skyped with Ben, who is based in Texas. He just received the GoPro in the mail and says it works.

With the waterfalls and the terrain, it's amazing anyone would even spot the camera.

Some of the footage used in this video story was shot using a GoPro camera.

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